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Review of Dog Behaviour and Responsible Dog Ownership

  • Etobicoke Civic Centre 399 The West Mall Toronto, ON, M9C 2Y2 Canada (map)

Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S) Division is undertaking a review of Chapter 349, Animals to determine how the City can effectively balance, manage and address dogs' behaviour, their owners' responsibilities and public safety in the City of Toronto.

Chapter 349, Animals sets out registration/licensing requirements and the requirement to leash dogs on public property, except where permitted (e.g., off-leash parks). The bylaw also covers how the City responds to dogs at large (on the loose) or dogs that have bitten people or animals.

The goal of the review is to address City Council's direction to provide recommendations on how the City can effectively respond to incidents of dog bites and dogs that may pose a risk to public safety.

Between July and October 2015, ML&S will complete research, analysis, and consultation with stakeholder groups, and the general public.

The general public are invited to participate by taking part in our survey, found at www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay until Monday, September 21, 2015.